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Brewster: $3.7 Million in Water, Sewer Grants Approved

Brewster: $3.7 Million in Water, Sewer Grants Approved

McKeesport – August 19, 2020 – More than $3.7 million in state grant funding for water and sewer projects was approved for municipalities in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said. The Commonwealth Financing...

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Senators Jim Brewster & Pam Iovino Propose $100 Million COVID-19 Grant Program & Financial Relief Package for PA Restaurants & Taverns  

Senators Jim Brewster & Pam Iovino Propose $100 Million COVID-19 Grant Program & Financial Relief Package for PA Restaurants & Taverns  

Allegheny County, PA – July 23, 2020 – Today, State Senators Jim Brewster and Pam Iovino announced a comprehensive proposal to provide emergency relief to Pennsylvania’s restaurants and taverns, which have seen significant financial loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdown. The seven-point plan includes a $100 million grant program to retail liquor licensees using federal CARES Act funds, as well as a suite of policy changes to financially benefit these struggling businesses.

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Turnpike Workers Treated Poorly in Layoff, Sen. Brewster says

Turnpike Workers Treated Poorly in Layoff, Sen. Brewster says

McKeesport – June 4, 2020 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today criticized the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for laying off more than 500 workers with little warning in an extraordinarily difficult economy. “It’s an exceptionally poor way to...

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Brewster: $215 Million in School Safety Grants Pass Senate

Brewster: $215 Million in School Safety Grants Pass Senate

Harrisburg – May 28, 2020 – Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that the Senate has passed legislation (House Bill 1210) to drive out nearly $215 million to help school districts pay for costs associated with protecting children, cleaning buildings...

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Brewster Bill to Modernize Fish Code Approved by Committee

Brewster Bill to Modernize Fish Code Approved by Committee

Harrisburg – May 28, 2020 – Legislation to modernize the Fish Code and help anglers comply with state licensure requirements was approved unanimously by the Senate’s Game and Fisheries Committee, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said. “The measure...

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Brewster: Security Grant Approved for White Oak Synagogue

Brewster: Security Grant Approved for White Oak Synagogue

Harrisburg – March 11, 2020 – The Gemilias Chesed Synagogue in White Oak has been awarded a $20,800 state grant to bolster security at the facility, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today.  “The grant will enable the synagogue to improve...

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Nearly $300,000 for Local Workforce Readiness Programs

Nearly $300,000 for Local Workforce Readiness Programs

Harrisburg – March 6, 2020  − Sen. Jim Brewster (D- Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that two local workforce readiness programs will receive a combined $272,856 to fund paid summer internships though the State/Local Internship Program (SLIP). The...

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Brewster Leads Effort to Reopen Bunola River Road

Brewster Leads Effort to Reopen Bunola River Road

McKeesport – February 19, 2020 – The Bunola River Road that services Elizabeth and Forward Townships, Elizabeth Borough and West Elizabeth that was closed to traffic in late January has now reopened following the installation of traffic signals, state Sen. Jim...

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PAsmart Grants Approved for Area Schools, Brewster says

PAsmart Grants Approved for Area Schools, Brewster says

Harrisburg – January 22, 2020 – Sen. Jim Brewster (D – Allegheny/Westmoreland) said that $280,000 in PAsmart science and technology grants have been awarded to school districts in the area. “Our students are growing up in a technological world that is advancing at an...

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Brewster to Chair McKeesport Housing Authority for 30th Year

Brewster to Chair McKeesport Housing Authority for 30th Year

HARRISBURG, January 21, 2020 – The McKeesport Housing Authority will be led for the 30th straight year by state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland). “It has been my privilege to lead the housing authority over the last 30 years,” Brewster said.  “We have...

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